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Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling as a Potential Target for the Treatment of Liver Cirrhosis Using Antifibrotic Drugs

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Department of Hepatology, Tokyo Metropolitan Cancer and Infectious Diseases Center Komagome Hospital, 3-18-22 Honkomagome, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8677, Japan
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The Research Center for Hepatitis and Immunology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, 1-7-1 Kohnodai, Ichikawa, Chiba 272-8516, Japan
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(10), 3103; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms19103103
Received: 6 August 2018 / Revised: 1 October 2018 / Accepted: 3 October 2018 / Published: 10 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hepatitis Virus Infection and Molecular Research 2018)
Cirrhosis is a form of liver fibrosis resulting from chronic hepatitis and caused by various liver diseases, including viral hepatitis, alcoholic liver damage, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and autoimmune liver disease. Cirrhosis leads to various complications, resulting in poor prognoses; therefore, it is important to develop novel antifibrotic therapies to counter liver cirrhosis. Wnt/β-catenin signaling is associated with the development of tissue fibrosis, making it a major therapeutic target for treating liver fibrosis. In this review, we present recent insights into the correlation between Wnt/β-catenin signaling and liver fibrosis and discuss the antifibrotic effects of the cAMP-response element binding protein/β-catenin inhibitor PRI-724. View Full-Text
Keywords: liver fibrosis; Wnt; β-catenin; PRI-724 liver fibrosis; Wnt; β-catenin; PRI-724
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Nishikawa, K.; Osawa, Y.; Kimura, K. Wnt/β-Catenin Signaling as a Potential Target for the Treatment of Liver Cirrhosis Using Antifibrotic Drugs. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 3103.

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